Lake Worth, FL asked in Criminal Law for Florida

Q: Can I get some direction for case law on search warrants and safes?

Someone else had a safe in their vehicle and they were pulled over and told the police it was mine . They police came snd picked me up for the drugs and money in the safe. The key to the safe was not in my possession it was on the ground on of a storage unit I was standing in which also was in someone else's name.

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
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  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: It is unlikely that you will find case law with that exact fact situation. One reason it is unlikely is that it seems fairly reasonable to issue a warrant under those circumstances. If the key was on the ground where you were standing, it is reasonable to assume that you dropped it there.

Tom Murphy
Tom Murphy
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: If you were with someone else in the storage room you have a good argument that you were not in possession of the key. There must be more evidence against you if a warrant was issued, but it sounds thin

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